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Can the Mods please stop overeagerly move comments to the chat?

I recently asked a question. I got some valuable comments, but the commenters and I disagreed on a few things. After like 5 comments we reached agreement. Then @ACuriousMind stepped in and moved ...
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A place for helpful comment templates?

I often find the need to have a comment template saved for future use, say when indicating to an asker that they need to write equations in MathJax instead of attaching them as images (with links to ...
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Should we refrain from using canned comments when reviewing?

Since the review queue update, I have seen multiple instances of the following situation: a new user asks/answers a question, a reviewer finds the question unclear or lacking sufficient detail and ...
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Should I avoid posting comments to simply say "Thanks" or "It has been helpful (+1)"?

I very often feel the need of posting a comment to simply say thanks for some idea in a comment, like a nice reference or a pedagogic suggestion, or simply to remark that the answer I accepted was the ...
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The practice of answering a question in its comments area

I've noticed that some members provide a perfectly good answer to a perfectly good question in the comments area under the question rather than posting their response as a standalone answer. As this ...
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Are jokes in comments not allowed?

I've noticed a few clever and funny jokes from time to time in the comments, so I thought I'd test the waters with my own comment joke (on topic and technically an answer) and it was popular. However ...
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Should a rude comment be deleted if the addressed user doesn't mind?

On the linked post, a comment was made addressing me with words that might be considered mildly rude by some. I had absolutely no issues with the comment (and thus, I didn't flag it). And yet, the ...
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Flagging non-mainstream comments in questions and answers

In this question Why doesn't a photon state have to be infinite in length? in the answer given by [user A] there is a comment by [user B] that is advertising his/her personal theory on photons. I ...
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Usage of comments

I am aware of the temporary nature of comments in phys.SE (and generally in the SE network) and their primary scope to ask for/point out clarifications on a post, or to suggest edits. However, upon a ...
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Why is an answer sometimes given in the comments?

After answering this question I noticed this comment that says pretty much the same thing I said. Should I delete my answer because the comment was posted first? Should the commentator have written ...
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Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?

This is how flagging is described in help centre: Flagging is a way of bringing inappropriate content to the attention of the community. Are comments like, "Thank you","Good question&...
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Asking moderators favors when looking at questions

Some of my questions were on-hold and closed. As everyone knows, it comes a yellow rectangle where it explains what it means and why is your question not so good. For example: Sometimes, this ...
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Comment removed bizarrely and unprofessionally

One of my comments on the following answer was removed: https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/651684/21299. I clearly remember posting to ask @Qmechanic whether their (novel to me) Dirac delta appears ...
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How to answer when the question is based on a wrong premise?

I ask this wondering about my answer to this recent question, though this applies in a more general setting. The situation is that the question asks about the physical interpretation of the typical ...
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Comments deleted under my question

In the context of the post: Dimensional reduction of Rozansky-Witten theory I had commented on this question of mine, and there were some responses in the comments section as well, with some useful ...
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Is it possible to make the SE engine to ignore some characters in the character count of comments?

Comments are limited to 600 characters, which I believe is done so that comments are actually comments, instead of lengthy discussions or answers to the question in the post. While this is obviously ...
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Confusing message from new review queue?

The answer here (in which a new user posted an elaboration on their question as an answer) has the following comment from the Community bot, presumably due to its review in the new "First Answers&...
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Give an answer or Comment instead?

I've noticed several posts (like this question) lately that are extremely simple questions. In this question, the OP asked for an explanation as well as some examples. At the time of this writing, the ...
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Answering "Homework-Like" Questions With Hints

It occurred to me today that I don't know what a good approach is for providing hints to homework-like questions. I cannot find any clear policy on how this should work. The example that brought it ...
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Using Comments as Answers

An answer is placed in the comment box on your question and it would make an answer. As long as you quote it is it OK to use it? See Comments at this question for example.
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Answering in comments

Due probably to the policy rule "if you downvote, please explain", I find that downvoted or trivial questions in the site are actually answered in the comments to the question! The problem is the ...
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Why is it not indicated anywhere how many comments got removed?

Sometimes when reading the comments under a question/answer I get very confused. Then I realise that there are random @someones without that person making a comment before. I mean I get the point why ...
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Deleted comments at closed question

This question Why cant we measure the alleged curve of ball earth? was closed. Before it was closed I had made a relevant comment. After closure my comments disappeared also. Is this the automatic ...
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Should comments trying to answer a question be deleted?

Note: I do in no way want to say that the current moderators somehow do a "bad job" at moderating Physics SE. I think that they do a great work at, well, moderating this network and my full ...
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Keeping track of “abuse” (or other) flags?

Do PSE mods (or SE more generally) keep track of comments deleted for “ harassment, bigotry, or abuse”. Should they? If yes, are there consequences for repeat offenders?
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Why did all the comments on my answer vanish so quickly?

I had a couple of comments under my answer (this one), and was about to reply to a comment of the question author when I noticed that the author had accepted the answer and deleted his account. Then, ...
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Can we have a magic link to the homework policy?

I just stumbled on this fantastic list of magic shortcuts: Supported magic links: [meta] – link to the current site's Meta; link text is the site name (e.g. "...
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The "add / show 1 more comments" link doesn't do anything if you don't have comment permissions

I recently lost commenting permissions due to offering a bounty. Since then, I've noticed that when reading answers with comments, clicking on the "add / show 1 more comments" link doesn't reveal the ...
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What rules do moderators follow in deleting comments in an ongoing discussion?

I recently asked a question on meta "Will my account be closed like that of [insert-here-the-user-who-shall-not-be-named] if I stop participating on Physics SE?". It was being downvoted so I added a ...
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Trying to ping users in comments: @username disappears

Usually the site allows me to tag an individual member at the start of a comment by typing @username, but sometimes it does not recognise the name and the string beginning with @ is automatically ...
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Where can we see stats of votes on comments?

I note that we can follow the up-/downvotes on our questions and answers, but there is not a convenient place to find stats on the upvotes on our comments on questions and answers. Is this one of the ...
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Down-voting and no comments

In these sites, down-voting has become a passion to prove intelligence. Yesterday, I got two upvoted answers downvoted simultaneously (Someone has down-voted both within 1 min). I think they're too ...
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Helping out in comments, when the question is too weak

I encounter quite often questions that are based on poor research, misunderstanding basic definitions, and likewise. In my opinion such questions should be closed rather than answered. Nevertheless, ...
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Why have we stopped leaving comments?

Well, I don't point this specifically on anyone, But, err... Before we had this scheme of automated close reason insertion, I've seen Physics.SE people suggest new users (who ask questions vaguely or ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

I had a comment on this answer to my question which both clarified that one of my definitions was correct (F = m * a is correct, but not super helpful in this ...
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Why can we not downvote comments, when we can upvote them?

Simple as that. I think that since we can only upvote comments, it leads to skew, where comments, even if they are unhelpful or inaccurate cannot be downvoted. Given that the whole mechanics of this ...
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Is it possible to search in comments?

Is it possible to search in comments, along with searching in questions and answers? I suspect the answer is no. I think that would be a very useful option to have in the advanced search.
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How to find all the comments written by some user?

Some users have excellent answers and one likes to look for all their answers about any question they replied to. That is easy, but sometimes their answers is in form of comments, or sometimes they ...
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Comments to point out errors in OP's understanding

Due to recent questions about the comment policy, and because I have seen this being done often, I am here with another question about comments. On a certain question a user commented A primary ...
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Disappearing comments

I noticed some of my comments disappearing without me triggering this (at least not that I am aware of). Example: placed a comment in reaction to this question. It's now gone. Anyone an idea what is ...
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Where can closed and deleted questions and comments be searched for - and how can deletion be appealed? [duplicate]

I have a question that was deleted and some closed when I was just getting started as an author (again here after many years). I did not think the closure and deletion was fair, but I had no ...
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Is Physics SE being targeted by people opposing the modern view of physics, and so called myth busters?

I have only been a member for a few months, but find the site both very good, and pretty fair. Not saying all is perfect, but enough good, imo. I looked to see if there was a similar question to the ...
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How to react to comments containing compliments, criticism, etc.?

On this site it says that comments should not contain compliments, criticism etc.. Now if I see such a comment is it better to add another comment making the user aware of the linked site, which would ...
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What happens when upvoting the automatic comment indicating duplicate?

When flagging a question as a duplicate, a comment appears under that post: "Does this answer your question?..." I have noticed that sometimes this comment has been upvoted. Also I have ...
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Should we flag all comments that are no longer needed?

Parent question: Erasing comments for questionable reasons I am trying to get a general policy. My initial concern was about comments to answers that asked for details and/or corrections, and were ...
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Should comments be used for providing "helpful hints"?

I often see users, including moderators, leaving "helpful hints" comments on various posts. They could be posted on off-topic homework problems pointing the user in the right direction on ...
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Inconsistency in moving comments to chat

In this question, 5 comments on knzhou’s answer were moved to chat, but 5 questions on Ben Crowell’s answer were not moved. Neither were 9 comments on the question. (On my answer, 11 were moved, which ...
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Can one move a chat back to comments?

How can I move a chat back to comments? In complying to the automated admonition to move comments to chat, I discovered that MathJax is was no longer rendered. This is unacceptable in this ...
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How do I flag a comment I've accidentally upvoted?

I tried to flag a comment, but accidentally upvoted it, and I can't remove the upvote because I have only 1 minute to remove it, which I've only recently discovered. How do I flag a comment I've ...
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Please help me convert the comments on this question to "let us continue this discussion in chat"

Without the link that's provided after enough back-and-forth, it's not clear to me how to easily "continue this discussion in chat." Could someone help on Don't heavier objects actually fall ...
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